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Youngsters found safe on moors after alert
8:02am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A GROUP of youngsters from York reported missing in Teesdale were found safe, sound and asleep in their tent by rescuers.
The teenagers were reported missing by a supervisor on Saturday night.
The five youngsters, who were completing their gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, had spent the first day of a four-day stay in the region walking in the Cow Green Reservoir area of County Durham, but failed to arrive at a designated meeting point.
Their concerned teacher contacted police and the Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Search and Rescue Team was also despatched to find the missing group.
Steve Owers, press officer for the search team, was one of three members sent out with dogs to find the teens.
He said: “We were called at about midnight, but by the time we got to the reservoir the group had been found.
“Essentially, there had been a misunderstanding between the group and their supervisor over where they were supposed to meet and they had missed each other. The group had set up their tent, cooked some food and gone to sleep.”
A special constable from Durham Police found the group at about 2am.
Mr Owers said: “They were all fast asleep and perfectly fine when they were found. Everybody did the right thing and fortunately this is a happy outcome.”
The special constable team recounted the tale on Twitter, saying they found the group in their tent.